... private schools to be disrupted
SITEKI - Teachers under the Big Bend branch of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers have announced that this week they will disrupt classes in private company schools which were in the past week closed for a midterm break.
Last week the teachers confined ‘Operation Vusela’ to government schools only.
UTECH, Sisekelo High and Ubombo Ranches Primary will today resume classes.
In an interview, Big Bend SNAT Chairperson Siphasha Dlamini said they will ‘vusela’ these schools if the teachers continue with classes.
"The resolution to engage in the mass stay-away was taken by the majority of teachers, which means even those who are against the strike should take part since they are the minority. That is democracy. We will visit these schools if our members are forced to conduct classes," she said.
Dlamini further stated that she understands that some of the schools are private but said all they want is their SNAT members.
"What we want are our members because we have got members in those schools. Even if you are a preschool teacher or lecturer, as long as you are a member of SNAT you will abide by the organisation’s resolutions," she said.
Dlamini added that teachers will continue with the stay away until they receive new directives from the national executive.
Last week Monday, teachers under the Big Bend SNAT branch marched to Mkhweli Primary, where they demanded to see the principal who was reportedly refusing to let teachers attend a meeting held at Siphofaneni High School.
The police riot squad had to be called to block the entrance as close to 300 teachers tried to force their way into the school.
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